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Sokratis claims he remained ‘professional’ despite Arsenal struggle

Wed 10 March 2021 | 9:27

The Greek defender joined Olympiacos after terminated his contract with Arsenal by mutual consent in January. Before falling out of Mikel Arteta’s favor, the 32-year-old appeared in 69 games for the Gunners over two-and-a-half years.

"It was difficult because I didn't have the chance to play because I wasn't included in the squad list,"

Sokratis

told

Football London

.

"I had some offers to leave in the summer but it didn't happen in the end and I accepted that I had to be outside the list. I did my training and I gave my best for the team, I was professional until the end.

"It was also difficult because in all my career I have played regularly. I played almost 70 games for Arsenal in two years, but when you are in a team you have to put the team first and yourself after.

"I accepted this, I was professional and I didn't complain to anybody."

Although the defender was restricted to just one Premier League appearance post-lockdown, he insists he won't be out to try and impress his former manager ahead of his side’s Thursday Europa League fixture with

Arsenal

.

"I don't have to prove something to Arteta or anyone there. It was his [Arteta's] decision and the club's decision and I accepted it," said Sokratis.

"I had a lot of good memories at Arsenal. I reached the Europa League final, won two trophies - the FA Cup and Community Shield. They are the club which gave me the chance to play in the best league in the world."

Sokratis

then went on to praise his former team-mate,

Granit Xhaka

, after the Swiss cost the Gunners points against

Burnley

.

"Granit is one of the best team-mates I've had the pleasure of working with," he added. "He's a very important player for Arsenal and I believe that he's a good player who can be a leader in the team.

"When you make one mistake everybody will go against you, but I know Granit's character. Before the Burnley game he played five or six games where he was probably the best player in the team.

"I think he's one of Arsenal's best players and certainly one of the best midfielders that I've played with."

 


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